The American Film Institute has announced its outstanding movies for 2008, a list that includes both the blockbuster "The Dark Knight" and a couple of small movies with jewel-like performances. Its roster, in alphabetical order:
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"Wendy and Lucy"
The AFI, which honors those in front and behind the camera of movies and TV shows (a separate roster), will celebrate its selections at a Jan. 9 luncheon in Los Angeles. A 13-member jury spent two days deliberating about the movies of 2008. Leonard Maltin chaired the panel, which also included Richard Schickel from Time, Anne Thompson from Variety and writer-producer-director Robert Towne.
(Photo below, by Simon Max Hill and courtesy of Oscilloscope Pictures, shows Michelle Williams as Wendy.